The History of How the Letters on This Page Came to Look This Way

An animated short takes us through the history of typography.

Think about how much we learn about the world from letters on a page. Letters that make sentences that tell stories—and capture our histories. Or letters and numbers that form equations and recipes and how-to instructions. Even the letters on the page have their own stories, which is the subject of Ben Barrett-Forrest's animated short on the history of typography. In a short and sweet clip, he shows us how letter fonts have changed visually through time and addresses the history of italics, the influence of advertising and computers, and the popularity of Helvetica.